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Busch Gardens


Sponsored by:  LifExchange and AWA 

When:  Wednesday, August 15th

Join Pathways, LifExchange and AWA for a day of fun and play at Busch Gardens!

Leaving the Outer Banks at 8:30 am  (2.5 hr trip)
Leaving Busch Gardens at 7:00 pm*
*We will NOT be staying for the 9:30 pm fireworks

Pre-order your ticket online at:
See $20 off coupon
Click on the first “buy now” button on the right
Then click on “Busch Gardens Williamsburg Single Day Ticket” $46.99

You are responsible for buying your own ticket.  If you need assistance please contact Pathways (
After purchasing your ticket, email Pathways ( to make your transportation reservation and we will give you the details about transportation.

Transportation Cost:

LifExchange and AWA Students:  $15 for pick up and drop off
Non LifExchange and AWA Students requesting to come (limited space):  $35 for pick up and drop off

Take part in an American Cultural tradition, the summer theme park.  Learn about Williamsburg, Virginia and ride the thrilling rollercoasters, taste new foods and meet new friends on this one day adventure.
PLEASE NOTE:  If you would like to join us you must speak to your manager in advance and asked not to be scheduled.  If you are on the schedule for August 15th you will not be able to join us.  Please speak to you managers immediatly if you would like to come.

Happy Australia Day

For our Australia friends here in the US and our American friends in Australia – we hope today is a day filled with celebration.

LifExchange Campus

Although Australia Day has come and gone, but the Aussie’s her in the USA have a few more hours to celebrate on January 26th.

Australia Day (previously known as Anniversary Day, Foundation Day)is the official national day of Australia. Celebrated annually on 26 January, the date commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788 and the proclamation at that time of British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of New Holland.

Australia Day has become a community day. There are still formal ceremonies throughout the country – flag raising, citizenship ceremonies and the presentation of important community awards such as Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year.  Celebrations now include a strong festive aspect with special events encouraging the participation of the entire family and all members of a community. Australia Day Committees involve their ethnic and indigenous communities, service clubs, sporting and cultural organisations while local…

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Top 10 places to visit in Australia this winter – Number 4

Reposted from our sister page – LifExchange Campus
With so many places to visit and things to do no one can explore Australia with only a two weeks vacation. Over the next 10 weeks we will share new destinations to be explored on your 6-12 month LifExchange Work and Holiday program.
Winter is almost here in the US. Head down south for another summer and skip the cold.
Australia’s Summer Invites You! Experience Australia’s glorious summer from December to February. Walk along spectacular coastal cliffs from Sydney’s Bondi Beach to Bronte. Day trip from Melbourne to the vineyards, beaches, national parks, golf courses and day spas of the Mornington Peninsula. Taste Tasmania’s finest food and wine on the historic Hobart waterfront or explore food, wine and history in the Swan Valley, near Perth. Follow fresh seafood around the pristine coastline of South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula or watch coral spawning en-masse on Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef. Experience dazzling thunderstorms and blossoming vegetation in the tropical Top End. Or get up close to native Australian animals and ancient Aboriginal history in Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, near Canberra. Summer in Australia is also the season for world class cricket, grand slam tennis, vibrant music festivals, NYE celebrations and outdoor cultural events.

WE CONTINUE OUR COUNTDOWN WITH NUMBER 4: Queensland’s summer marine life spectacular

Summer in Queensland is the season to witness the birth of new marine life. See newly-hatched turtles take their very first swim on Mon Repos beach, near Bundaberg. Or witness the hyper-colour production of a mass coral spawning across the Great Barrier Reef. You can see this dazzling natural phenomenon, nicknamed by marine biologists as ‘sex on the reef’, from a glass-bottomed boat or live-aboard dive tour.

It’s a 15 minute drive east to from Bundaberg to Mon Repos Conservation Park, where green, flatback and loggerhead turtles nest on the accessible mainland beach. After dark between November and March, see female turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs, or their newly-hatched babies crawling to shore for their first swim. Mid-November to February is the best time to see turtles laying eggs, while hatchlings usually begin to leave their nests from mid-January. Visit in January and you might get a fascinating glimpse of both nesting adults and little brown hatchlings. Join a guided tour or learn about the turtles at the information centre, then follow the walking track to the turtle rockery. You can also experience the turtles nesting on nearby Lady Elliot, Lady Musgrave and Heron Islands.

You can see an altogether different miracle of life on the Great Barrier Reef in October, November and sometimes December, when the water has reached the right temperature. On certain nights following the full moon, egg-engorged corals spawn across the reefs in spectacular sync. The rush of pink eggs and sperm to the surface of the night sea has been likened to both an upside-down storm and millions of exploding champagne bubbles. Whatever your analogy, it’s visually breathtaking. The tiny cells form a thick, pink spawning slick across the water’s surface, which can stretch metres wide and kilometres long. Slicks have even been seen from space by satellite imagery.

See this visual spectacular for yourself from a glass-bottomed boat or immerse yourself in the experience on a night dive. You can see the phenomenon all across the southern Great Barrier Reef, on a tour from Brisbane, Gladstone or Bundaberg, also the base for the Mon Repos turtles. Townsville and Mackay are good gateways to the central reef. From Cairns or Port Douglas, live-aboard tours leave for the Local, Ribbon, Far Northern, Osprey and Coral Sea Reefs.

Dive tours are organised around predicted spawning dates, which are one to six nights after the first full moon in October for inshore reefs and similar times in November and December for coral in outer reefs. During the spawning you might also see marine worms breeding en-masse and blue bioluminescent flashes from small prawn-like crustaceans spawning near the surface.

Don’t miss the chance to get up close and personal to Queensland’s marine miracles this summer.

Are you ready to head to Australia? If you are between the ages of 18-30 you may qualify for a Work and Holiday Visa. Pay for your travels, build your resume and make new friends. Contact us now to learn more.

Information provided by © Tourism Australia 2011

URGENT: Evacuation for Ocean City International Exchange Students

Dear Students living in Ocean City,

At this time, the Town of Ocean City Emergency Services Officials have ordered that all summer work/travel participants must be evacuated from Ocean City today, Thursday, August 25, due to expected arrival of Hurricane Irene to our coast.  You MUST go to the convention center and depart Ocean City NOW.

This is a mandatory evacuation for all J-1 students.

At this time, all students must follow the instructions below:

·      Students must go to the Convention Center (located on 41st Street & Coastal Highway) starting at 10:00am EST today.

·      From the Convention Center students will be taken by bus to Perdue Stadium in Salisbury. There students will board a second bus that will take them to a Red Cross shelter outside of the Eastern Shore, in Baltimore, MD, where students will be safe from the hurricane.

·      Students must bring ALL of their important documents and travel papers, including their passport and DS-2019.

·      Students will be allowed to carry one backpack OR one small carry-on that can fit in their lap on the bus.  In that bag, students need to bring valuables, medicine, some toiletries and some clothes. (This bag will remain with the student at all times).

·      STUDENTS CAN NOT BRING ALL OF THEIR SUITCASES WITH THEM. There is no way to transport them with students (and they can not be left behind at the Convention Center).  They will be safest left in students’ apartment or if their employer has a place they can store them.  Students should leave their suitcases labeled with their address in their home country in case they need to be shipped to them.

·      Students will be given blankets, a cot to sleep on, food, drink, and all things necessary including medical care while they are at the shelter in Baltimore.

·      There will be computers for students to use at the shelter in Baltimore, so that they can keep in touch with their family and your program sponsor.

·      After the hurricane passes, and it is safe to return to Ocean City, students will be transported back by buses.

The storm is expected to hit Ocean City on Saturday, August 27th and continue throughout Sunday, August 28th.

Students, please be sure to contact your family before leaving Ocean City, so that they are aware of your plans to evacuate.  PLEASE keep in touch with your families, the YMCA and LifExchange.

Remember, students’ safety is important to everyone. Please go to the Convention Center immediately.

LifExchange:  (203) 984-2574
YMCA :  (212) 727-8800
Ocean City Emergency Number – 410-723-6602

Thank you for your cooperation.  Be safe and be in touch!


News and Updates

LifExchange has had an exciting week and here are some of our highlights:

Introducing our Work and Holiday 12 month visa program for Australians.

Are you an Australian Citizen who is looking to participate on the Work and Holiday program in the US?  If you qualify we have a variety of open positions starting mid May for you.  Email us at to learn more now.

Employer Spotlight – We have positions open as a server/runner in a high-end country club outside NYC.  This employer provides housing, partial meal plan and great pay!

Spring Orientation

The first spring orientation took place on Friday morning.  LifExchange welcomed participants as they traveled on their way through NY to Maryland where they will meet their Local Coordinator, Host Family and Exchange Host Employer.  Here are some pictures we took at orientation, purchasing bus tickets and saying goodbye as they boarded the bus.


LifExchange is an organization whose mission is to create a stronger global community through youth work exchange programs.

Have you traveled abroad?  Have you been on vacation, studied or worked in a foreign country?  Have you wanted to?  LifExchange was founded on the idea that each time we have an opportunity to travel abroad or host a foreigner visiting our home country, we have a chance to impact another and share in their travel and life experiences.  Through these international experiences we all have an opportunity to create a world without borders.

For our first blog we want to say welcome!  Welcome to those preparing to arrive in the U.S. on the LifExchange J1 Work and Travel program and Welcome to our team of partners and regional managers as we all work together towards an amazing season.

Stay tuned for updates, news and changes to the J1 program happening in 2011, orientation and arrival information, and helpful hints on your upcoming travel.